Waterhouses YFC had three teams who headed to the 2022 national finals of the Tug of War and their male team celebrated pulling to victory for a third consecutive year in August.
Following success in wet and windy conditions at the Staffordshire County Showground in 2021, the teams represented Staffordshire and went head to head against teams across the country, with County Durham and Yorkshire in the final stages.
For the men’s team, which was made up of members from Waterhouses YFC, it was the third time they have won the trophy in recent years. The club also had a ladies’ team and a junior team in the national Tug of War finals.
Team captain George Goodwin said the men’s team had been training two to three times a week ahead of the competition and had felt confident about winning again. “You have to go there hoping to win, thinking you have done enough and you can take everyone on,” said George who was even more delighted to have won in his final year of competing with YFC. “It was good to get back to a full crowd at the Tenbury Show, which makes for more of a spectacle around the final. We went out in high hopes and we didn’t come back disappointed.”
The competition, which involved 28 teams, is one of the most popular in the YFC competitions programme, which George believes is down to the camaraderie the competition creates.
“It brings you together as a team, as a club and you train together. Whatever you put in at training, you get out in results. In this case, we got a trophy, which is always better,” explained George.
The junior team from Waterhouses were delighted to come away with third place, with many of the members on the team taking part in this type of competition for the first time.
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